Building a Shaker-Style Wardrobe
Beads and crown dress up a basic cabinet
Synopsis: Tom Hagood sought to find a traditional wardrobe design that allowed some creative interpretation for his own design details. In order for it to fit his client’s needs, he made a perspective sketch of the room before deciding on the proportions of his wardrobe, which ended up being 72 in. tall, 42 in. wide and 22 in. deep. He made a jig to help cut the mortises in the bottom of the sides in the carcase construction, and also explains how he built the doors and crown molding. A project plan gives dimensions.
I’ve never been especially fond of period furniture; therefore, the commission I received to build a traditionally styled wardrobe cabinet was quite a challenge. The client did not specify the style, but the piece had to fit into an Early American bedroom dominated by a huge antique mahogany bed—a family heirloom. Because all my previous work had been…